Cowboys, Circus, Jimmy Buffett on tap …

By Brian Bearden

Catch Terrance Williams of the Dallas Cowboys and the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders at StarPower on Saturday. …

Did you see 22-year-old right-hander Zach Lee of McKinney shut out the Texas Rangers for two innings of Spring Training baseball? Lee is now pitching for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Check out this Los Angeles Times story on the 2010 McKinney High star athlete who had a scholarship offer to play quarterback for LSU … 

Super season: The Allen Eagles made the State finals in Class 5A basketball Friday, but came up short to Converse Judson, 52-41.

Collin College wants you to spend an hour in the life of a dancer. Attend the dance department’s Open Studio Week:

Hydrous in Allen is hiring a Sales/Marketing Director – It’s a great opportunity for stay-at-home mom’s, for more detail, go to this link and email resumes to …


The Village at Allen & The Village at FairviewThe Carson & Barnes Circus is in town at Allen – Fairview this weekend Circus performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday

The Women of Richardson Bikemart will be having a 8:30 a.m. Second Saturday road ride each month. Mileage options: These will be no-drop rides (the group will stay together, and nobody will be left behind) with 20-mile (12-14 mph average) and 40-mile (16-plus mph) options. The event starts near White Rock Lake in Dallas at 9040 Garland Road and Old Gate Lane just down the street from the Arboretum.

Spokes For Folks is gearing up for the Spring Roll! Sunday, March 16 at Hans Johnses 8901 Chancellor Row from noon to 4 p.m. Richardson Bikemart reports Spokes needs volunteers of all levels of experience to help repair kids bicycles for the Rae’s Hope organization with the goal of donating the repaired bikes to the Scottish Rite bike rodeo and the International Rescue Committee on March 18.

St. Paddy’s celebrations – The AREAA DFW St. Paddy’s Happy Hour will be at Lights Farms in Celina, Texas, from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday, March 17 at 1234 Homestead Court. AREAA is the Asian Real Estate Association of America …

Happy Birthday this weekend to Monkey Mickey Dolenz, Freddie Prinze Jr., James Van Der Beek …

What’s for lunch on Saturday? Patina Green Home and Market in downtown McKinney on the square has Brisket Quesadilla, served with Queso Blanco, Candied Jalapenos, Chips and Salsa and don’t forget the Waygu Roast Beef, Smoked Pepperjack, Red Carrots, Black Radish, Green Chili Buttermilk Slaw, Empire White …

Or how about pizza at Sal’s at The Shops at Legacy? …

Try some New York style pie at Sal’s Pizza Restaurant in Plano …Spring break weather … featuring Fox4’s forecast

Book your Golf Tee Times online 24-7 … No need to wait for the pro shop to open ….

In case you missed it … Dirk Nowitzki scored 22 points with Jose Calderon added 19 points as the Dallas Mavericks edged the Trail Blazers at home, 103-98. WATCH the highlights from last nights win here:

Retiring: Frisco’s Director of Public Safety Todd Renshaw is retiring.

McKinney Convention and Visitors Bureau

The McKinney Farmers Market will be held on March 15th and the regular season will begin weekly on April 5th.

Regular Season: Chestnut Square Historical Village on Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon and Adriatica Village on Thursdays from 3 to 6 p.m.

Fire and Rescue … 

Michael O’Keefe is always on the scene with First Response Photography.His fire and rescue pictures are always fascinating.

Hockey: Missouri edged the second-place Allen Americans, 3-1. Ben Power scored for Allen, which plays next at the St. Charles Chill in back-to-back games this weekend beginning Saturday at 7:05 p.m.

Kentara McKinney and John Jordan representedMcKinney Velo Club at the 35-plus division in the Fair Park Criterium.

Running tale: Area runner’s brush with death makes 15K win even sweeter. … Roger Clifford knows he’s lucky to be alive. That’s what makes winning last month’s Plano Pacers Bead Bash 15K even more rewarding. Read Debbie Fetterman’s story at

Political parody: The Republican Women of North Collin County welcome economist and author, Loren Spivack, on Tuesday, March 11. Check out Spivack’s books …


Loren Spivack’s event key points: 11 a.m. sign in, 11:30 a.m. buffet lunch, Noon meeting Location: Stonebriar Country Club, 5050 Country Club Drive, Frisco. Cost: $20 per person.

Cold snap for crawfish: Dodie’s Place Cajun Bar & Grill reports on Facebook that “Our supplier cannot get crawfish out of his beds because of last weekends cold snap. They harvested all they could get for Mardi Gras, and the demand was so high that they do not have enough. The earliest we might be able to get them is Sunday late, more than likely Monday. Very sorry, hopefully spring will hit us and they will be as good as they have been.” Try these items at Dodie’s instead …

Play ball!

Baseball single-game tickets go on sale on Saturday, March 15 for the Frisco RoughRiders.

Fins to the Left, Fins to the Right …

Jimmy Buffet and the Coral Reefer Band will play

at Toyota Stadium in Frisco on June 21.

John Fogerty will open the popular Fins fiesta.

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Wish 100 in McKinney Oct. 6

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas brings the Fourth Annual Wish 100 to McKinney on the first Saturday in October.

Make-A-Wish, the City of McKinney, McKinney Velo and Matrix Cycling will offer the 60-mile ride through McKinney and surrounding communities to bring cycling enthusiasts from North Texas together to raise funds to help make wishes come true for children battling life-threatening medical conditions.
The ride starts at 8 a.m. Oct. 6 in downtown McKinney. 972-547-2660.

McKinney takes on Hotter ‘N Hell

McKinney’s Jeff Fene Wins at Hotter n Hell, 2011

By J.B. Blocker

Somewhere in the Middle East: A group of soldiers from operation Desert Storm are dreaming of going home. Who is waiting for them? What they are going to do?

One will climb a mountain, another will train for running a marathon, Field Artillery Officer Jeff Fene thinks about it. “I think I’ll ride Hotter N Hell!” is his contribution.
It’s a Texas thing, Hotter n Hell. It is made up of as many as 15,000 riders in 5 Classes participating in a 100K to 100+mile bicycle race that is hosted by Wichita Falls every Labor Day. On any given year the temperatures plummet to cold and windy conditions with rains that sometimes feel like pellets. The next 10 years may compete for the hottest place on earth.
It is extreme!
That pledge to run HnH was made 21 years and 21 races ago! Now retired Captain Fene works for Dell as a program manager currently installing programming in Maryland where he trains on rolling hills and mountainous routes. Jeff is 48 years young, and riding the Masters 40-plus Class representing McKinney Velo.

“About 2.8 miles from the finish another rider broke away. I knew I had to make my move. There was a lot of suffering involved! By the time I had reached the overpass, I knew that my training in Maryland was going to pay off. I went for it and when I hit the last three block stretch, I knew I would have my first win ever!”
“The win was a total team effort. The McKinney Velo racers systematically wore the other racers out over the course of the race. Numbers and team tactics added an advantage.  McKinney Velo is a true team that inspires that team spirit in ways from tactics lessons from Steve Weber, to putting the team winnings towards a charity at the end of the season and team party.  
  I often say “I have trained my whole life for days like this day”.  Though it may get a laugh, to me it means that today is always dependent upon the things I have and haven’t done in all the days before this day.
 Even if some days it means: taking on an occasional sip or two of Jim Beam, doing things with the family,  doing nothing, or riding the McKinney Velo Training ride.”

McKinney Mayor Brian Loughmiller: “Hotter than Hell was exactly that by mid-morning.  When we got in our car to drive back to McKinney, the temperature on my friend’s car registered a cool 117 degrees.  If you can imagine riding a bicycle with someone pointing a blow dryer at your face, that is what the last 10 miles was like.  John Roach timed in at 4 hours 58 minutes I did 5 hours 15 minutes.  It was still fun in a crazy kind of way.”

John Roach, District Judge Collin County (pictured at left): “Brian and I rode 100 miles. Yes, we are avid- riders. Interestingly, we both are training for the Ironman Arizona triathlon. It consists of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and a 26.- mile run. Ironman triathlons are probably the most difficult endurance events around. Ironman Arizona is November 20th. This will be my second Ironman and Brian’s first.”

Ray Eckenrode, McKinney Velo member and candidate for County Commissioner: McKinney made a great showing this year at the Hotter n Hell in Wichita Falls. Over 30 members of the club rode in various skill levels ranging from Category 1 to 5. It was a great over night weekend! We left midday Friday, bunked up with five or six to a room, hit the road before the sun, and were home in time for Saturday dinner.
I was privileged to ride with 14 members of our club in the Cat 4/5 race. The distance was 100K or about 62 miles. These kinds of weekends are good clean fun and really get your competitive juices up!
I’ve got to hand it to McKinney’s mayor, who is still healing from broken ribs, and Judge Roach, who took on the 100-plus mile ride to prepare them for Arizona Ironman this November. By the time they rolled in, the sun was blazing.

McKinney Velo is a competitive cycling organization whose members share a passion for racing and a strong commitment to making a difference in the local community. Members compete across multiple disciplines including; Road, Triathlons, Mountain Bike, Velodrome, Duathlons and Cyclocross.The team is focused on cultivating a cycling culture in the Greater McKinney area through teaching safe and responsible cycling while also supporting individuals new to the sport of cycling; encouraging active and healthy lifestyles; and actively supporting local charities.

Team Velo is fully committed to be exceptional stewards of our sponsors’ brand and image on and off the bicycle. MVC will obtain positive exposure at charitable events, races, in print, on the roads and on the podium.
What does McKinney Velo do:
Sponsors Bike Rodeos for Children in conjunction with Richardson Bike Mart, the McKinney Independent School District, McKinney Police Dept. and McKinney Fire Dept. Adopt-A-Highway: Volunteer to clean roadside each quarter. Designated road is located South of the McKinney Airport MS 150 Frisco to Fort Worth in early May: Raise funds and ride along the route to support participants Supports McKinney High School Cycling Team 

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